Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The era is changing, with technological solutions making work easier, but some people are taking advantage of this in foolish ways. Instead of doing things the right way, they opt for shortcuts.

For instance, many people rely heavily on smartphone apps to streamline tasks.

They install various applications to accomplish tasks quickly, even if it means compromising security.

For example, they might download third-party apps or APKs without realising the risks involved.

These apps might appear to solve problems with just one click, but they can be modified by fraudsters to gain unauthorised access to users' devices.

When users install such apps, fraudsters can take control of their devices.

However, both Android and Apple systems regularly update their security features.

Yet, when users install third-party or APK apps, it can compromise the security of essential apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.

This creates vulnerabilities that fraudsters exploit.

In such scenarios, fraudsters often target the user's contacts, such as family members and friends.

They use the compromised account to send messages asking for money, often fabricating emergency situations. Users must be cautious to avoid falling victim to such scams.

To stay safe:

  1. Avoid using third-party apps and refrain from installing them on your phone.
  2. If you have accidentally installed a third-party app and notice that essential apps like WhatsApp or Facebook are behaving strangely, report the issue to the respective official pages immediately.
  3. Always report such incidents to the cyber police to prevent others from falling into similar traps.
  4. Enable two-step authentication for added security.
  5. Stay vigilant and educate yourself and others about the risks associated with downloading apps from unreliable sources.